|Here you go. Which colors, no matter what their names in other seasons, do you already own?|
If you’re one of those ahead of the seasons shoppers who starts scoping out spring in the winter, and fall in the summer, then you’re ahead of the game.
But, if you like to wait until it’s back-to-school time (how can any of us, no matter what our age, forget those heady days of new clothes and nifty supplies) when the leaves start to blush in crimson and fiery oranges, then this post is for you — us, actually.
I normally shop for a new season by examining what I already own. For example, according to the experts Beaujolais is among the of the moment hues. OK, I was certain I had something in my possession in that shade. Sure enough I have a silk Equipment blouse, and a gorgeous silk crepe suit — pencil skirt, one-button shawl collar jacket that I wore with a navy silk crepe camisole, all by the New York designer, Kasper (you can do the math on my age now although I was a mere child when I bought it. . .) that I wore on the evening My-Reason-For-Living-In-France first told me he loved me. The suit no longer fits unfortunately, but hoarder that I am my closet holds many, many memory markers that I just cannot toss.
Another hot hue is Mykonos blue which I sort of have with my French or Klein blue items in all their myriad forms from shoes and shirts to sweaters and my favorite YSL pea coat. So, covered there. What a relief.
As I was saying, colors. I always like to go to the Pantone seasonal color charts to see what the experts predict will inspire designers and entice us to buy. If you haven’t seen the official fall/winter selections, I thought you might like to see them.
In the next few days I thought it would be fun to discuss how we might, in small or larger doses and depending upon what we already own and how much we like or detest certain colors, incorporate the new with the new and the new with the old.
|Difficult to see perhaps, but they’re Beaujolais or Bordeaux. Whatever.|
Oh, yes, I also ordered a pair of Bordeaux, or I guess I’ll call them Beaujolais this season, patent ballerinas. Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of the color although it does look quite spiffy with all my navy blue clothes. Might need a rethink.
A few notes on the color “inspirations”:
Lichen is a fungus or a fungus/algue, who cares really, but it does exist in a variety of nuances which, never having thought of it before, hadn’t occurred to me. I mention this because we do not want to buy one of the lighter shades. We want deep lichen. I’m here to protect us against egregious fashion missteps.
Acai are berries from some sort of palm tree. They’re full of antioxidants btw. You might want to throw this into a conversation, or not.
Koi, as you probably know, are those huge “decorative” fish. Bottom line, in this instance we’re talking about orange carp.
Linden, very attractive trees. We have a couple in the garden.
Mykanos, think Greece and all those gorgeous blues.
Emerald, OK, not too complicated.
Turbulence, I’m trying to think of clouds and storms instead of planes if you know what I mean. I guess “grey” is just too banal.
Samba? Vivacious? waaaay too subliminal for me.